Making Tracks

For three years, we have been showcasing a selection of the best short films with brand new live scores.

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that fuses live music with moving image and provides an interactive platform for new film talent. Whirlygig Cinema present a programme of experimental film and artist video alongside brand new scores, performed live on the night by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. It is a perfect way for filmmakers who have had problems with music copyright to get their work screened in public.

About Making Tracks

Making Tracks showcases experimental film and artist video. The filmmakers are encouraged to attend in person, since these scores will be played live for (usually) the first and often the last time.

“There is intrinsic value to seeing films in a way that Making Tracks makes possible…After the first few public screenings, I never watch my own films. Making Tracks was an exception: I was looking with eyes wide open at an entirely new film being born right in front of me, and I knew I had just this one chance to see it.” Srdjan Keca, filmmaker

Since the very first Making Tracks in December 2010, the event has formed part of the London Short Film Festival for two years running, been accepted as a regular feature in the Rich Mix programme and was recently awarded a grant from Arts Council England.

“Making Tracks is one of my favourite events here, fusing the work of the best experimental and up-and-coming filmmakers with the genius of the Cabinet of Living Cinema’s musicianship. Making Tracks celebrates innovation, creativity and fantastic talent.” Oliver Carruthers, Arts and Cultural Programmer at Rich Mix

The Cabinet of Living Cinema

The Cabinet of Living Cinema is a meeting of artists dedicated to creating living, breathing cinema experiences through live performance in front of your very open eyes. They provide a platform for live cinema acts and new filmmakers as well as a chance to see rarely-seen animation and avant-garde films.

The Cabinet of Living Cinema at Making Tracks in October 2011

Founded by Kieron Maguire in 2010, the band incorporates a number of musicians, or ‘conspirators’, from a range of backgrounds, including a percussionist who studied tabla in India and a distinguished cellist who specialises in gypsy music.

Making Tracks sees the band rescore a diverse scope of films provided by Whirlygig Cinema, bringing their own fresh response to these high quality visual works. Different musicians contribute to each event, providing an ever-changing soundscape of music and effects.

Podcast

Listen up! We have recorded a podcast to try and explain what Making Tracks is all about and why it is so important to filmmakers.

At Making Tracks in January 2012 we staged our first post-show Q&A. Katie Steed, founder of Whirlygig Cinema, was joined onstage by musicians Kieron Maguire, Robert Parkinson, Catherine Ring and Francesca Ter-berg, and four of the filmmakers: Jo Shaw (Dogged), Max Lincoln (Red House), Hannah Robinson (Relax) and Srdjan Keca (Mirage.

It was a perfect chance for both parties to meet each other and chat about the new scores.

Previous events

Making Tracks holds a regular spot at the Rich Mix, with twelve events hosted so far:

Submit a film

We are always on the look out for films to show at future events. If you have something that you think will work well with a live musical soundtrack, please get in touch via our submissions page. Films should be under 12 minutes long with little or no audio dialogue.